Sunday, January 11, 2009

Secret #1 Acknowledeg Your Creative Self


I found a very clever short film on the power of validation:

I thought about the message of this little film all week long and am still thinking about it. It applies to so many areas of my life. How I treat my family, my clients and complete strangers I meet along my “to do list” trail during the day...my self. Validation was the message.
Wikipedia says:
Validation is the reciprocated communication of respect which communicates that the other's opinions are acknowledged, respected, heard, and (regardless whether or not the listener actually agrees with the content), they are being treated with genuine respect as a legitimate expression of their feelings, rather than marginalized or dismissed.
I liked this definition better than Webster’s. Everyone needs to feel validated, we just do! I know I do! It feels good to know that we are appreciated and recognized, acknowledged, respected and heard. I like the part about “regardless whether or not the listener agrees”! Geeze… I can’t tell you how many times someone “validated” something I made and my reply was “oh it was nothing” or worse yet ”well, it’s not that good, I made a few mistakes” and then I begin to point out the things I think I did wrong! I UN-validate myself way too much!
Which leads to this first chapter in my newly found blog book club called:

“The Next Chapter”

The book we will be following is called:


The first chapter is Secret #1 Acknowledge Your Creative Self.
Dearest Becci,
You are so creative! You have a way of making such beautiful art. You are creative, you are awesome, you are fantastic, you are powerful! I see you as the artist that you really are. You have learned and perfected so many amazing abilities and creative techniques with your art and your hairdressing. You have had so much life experience and have contributed immensely to the happiness of others through sharing your creative self!
I acknowledge you and I validate what you do and who you are. Thank you for being the creative self that you are!
Love, Becci
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Becci,
You are so welcome and thank you!
Love and have a great hair day! Becci :-)
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